Târgoviște: where Dracula was born
I was born here. A small town in an East-European country, called Romania( the fourth latin state along with Italy, France and Spain, having a Roman descent). Short history lesson: in 105-106 a.C, the original romanian people, the Daco- Getae, was conquered by Romans and they started being influenced. Across the years, the two people created the perfect mix, sharing culture, religion, administration, economy and families, of course. That is whay I had to learn and understand a very complex language, hard to pronounce and very interpretable. If you have some romanian friends, maybe they have taught you already romanian words with more than one meaning just to make fun on you. Yeah, welcome to Romania and..to Targoviste! Little medieval town, Târgoviște is the place where history is home. The arhitecture, the shape, the size, the stories books, tell you that some amazing facts took place here, transforming the city in one of the favourite targets of documentaries directors with its 33 kings. Every proud citizen from Târgoviște knows all of the kings and,especially one one of them – big bad guy, called Dracula. You've heard about Dracula from Transilvania, right? Well, the true is that he never lived there -actually, he was just visiting one of his lovers there fromtime to time. His real name was Vlad the Impalor because he…was impailing people for theft, lie, deception or betrayal – he simply didn't like to see in his people this kind of things. There are a lot of bloody stories that highlight him as a cruel man like: he made a wood out of impaled people on stakes just to scare the enemy who was coming; or he killed over 100 boyars in his Chindia Castle, in Targoviste at just one feast because they weren't faithful…well,the stories are true! Completly true and historicaly recorded. That's the way his name appeared! But beyond the scary scenes, the town, Târgoviște, has its charm: is like an old beautiful lady, smelling like linden flowers and roses. You can actually meet “her” by coming with the train or bus – is 70 km away from Bucharest, the capital. ( 1-2 hours). Here, you can take a taxi or the bus ( both are pretty cheap) to one of the beautiful hotels. I highly recommend Dambovita Hotel, which is settled in the town Center, with the view to Mitropolian Park and Mitropolian Church, and it has a very good restaurant where you can try traditional romanian food. Talking about restaurants, pubs and food, I love going to Alexo, the place where you can find the best pizza in town (my opinion). Also, there is an Irish Celtic Pub (nearby the hotel), Toscany restaurant, Tower's Pub and a whole “old center”, as we call it, full with good places where you can enjoy a summer night in a bohemian style and smiling people.